Letters for June 28, 2018

Brothel prohibitionRe “Rural and urban” (news, June 7):

So the brains in Lyon County want to outlaw legal brothels. Do they actually believe that this will make prostitution go away? Nay, nay, kiddies. Instead it will go underground—look for more pimps, more STDs, more sex crimes, more drugs, more people you will be paying for in jail, more work for our police, more women being abused and even killed, greater risk of child prostitution and kidnapping, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, et cetera, ad nauseum.

Of course, if you don’t like brothels, then don’t patronize them. Duh.

Trying to control others’ morals seems far more sinister to me than a “safe” cathouse.

Craig Bergland


Here you goRe “Specifics, please” (letters, June 14):

A letter from Joel Edwards asks, “please share” in regards to the citations for the various legal offenses attributed to Hillary Clinton. Try these:

On her handling of classified material, section (a) of 18 USC §1924 reads, “Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.”

In regards to the donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign sources while she was secretary of state, she also likely violated Article 1, Section 9 (last paragraph) of the U.S. Constitution which reads, “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

In addition, her acknowledgment that about 30,000 emails were deleted after she knew, or should have known, Congress wanted her e-mails likely constituted obstruction of justice, also a potential criminal act.

From my 20-plus years of service on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and DoD, I know that if I had done what Clinton did, I would have been rightly prosecuted and convicted of violation of 18 USC §1924, as was General David Petraeus.

Richard C. Simmonds


It’s OK—Obama did it, tooRe “Dinosaurs in and out of office” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, June 14) and “Learning from walking” (Left Foot Forward, June 4):

Dear ITTS (Ignorant, Trump-bashing, Trump-hating, Socialist) Bruce Van Dyke: Our great president Trump is no “Dum Dum.” His IQ is 156. (I did fact-check this.) Bruce, name-calling is so juvenile, but that’s what you ITTS do.

Sheila Leslie should check her facts, too. Obama encouraged the insane flow of adults and children across our border knowing it was illegal, according to our Constitution. She referred to children kept in holding cells at an immigration center. That first occurred under the Obama administration in 2016.

If you choose not to print this letter, as you did my previous letter, that’s OK. But at least forward them to your ITTS on your writing staff.

Carol Hoover

Reno and

Bradenton, Florida

Editor’s note: The Snopes fact-checking page reports that there is no reliable information on what Donald Trump’s IQ is—whether high or low—and that the 156 figure is unsupported by normal data. That figure originated in an article at beforeitsnews.com, an article Snopes described as “chock-full of logical missteps and factual inaccucies.” See www.snopes.com/fact-check/donald-trumps-intelligence-quotient/

Bruce fanRe “Knights and Eagles” (Notes from the Neon Babylon, June 7):

I see Ol’ Babble On is still completely outta touch with things when it comes to politics. But, if there is one thing we don’t have enough of, it is unfunny, shit-talking cartoons with a seriously questionable level of intelligence to give their one-sided opinion as they run our president down in the ground. One too many doobs on the playa, I suppose. It’s amazing RN&R keeps you around.

Larry Moody